Pierre Vermeulen

b. 1992, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

Biography

Pierre Vermeulen was born in 1992, in Stellenbosch, South Africa. After obtaining a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art from the University of Stellenbosch in 2015, Vermeulen has been working as a multimedia and installation artist, and is included in major collections such as the newly opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Most recently, Vermeulen’s work was presented as part of SMAC Gallery’s booth at the Joburg Art Fair in Johannesburg, South Africa. His second solo show, entitled Of itself, was up on exhibition at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg towards the end of 2018; and he presented a solo booth with SMAC Gallery at ARTISSIMA in Turin, Italy. Vermeulen’s work is also included in the exhibition, Forward! Forward? Forward…, currently up at the Stellenbosch University Museum in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Vermeulen also exhibited his work with SMAC Gallery at the 2019 Investec Cape town Art Fair in Cape Town, South Africa. Since joining SMAC in 2017, Vermeulen has presented his first solo exhibition in Cape Town, as well as a site-specific installation at the Association for the Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery, titled Sweat Prints, in June 2017.

Group exhibitions include Pentimenti – a Woordfees exhibition based on the work of Louis Jansen Van Vuuren at the Sasol Art Museum in Stellenbosch in 2013; Portretteer/Portraiture at Oude Libertas gallery, Stellenbosch in 2015; Restore at GUS, Stellenbosch, in 2016; Folly at SMITH in Cape Town in 2017. Vermeulen’s work was included in SMAC Gallery’s presentation at the Cape Town Art Fair, FNB Joburg Art Fair and the 12 Edition of Contemporary Istanbul, all in 2017.

Notably in 2016, Vermeulen’s Untitled Sweat Print 1 was commissioned by the Zeitz Collection – a major six-panel work created for site-specific hanging in Gordon house, London. His work forms part of other prominent collections such as The Royal Portfolio Collection, housed at the Silo Hotel, in Cape Town, South Africa and the M&C Saatchi Abel Collection, in South Africa. Vermeulen was selected as a finalist in the Sasol New Signatures Award, both in 2015 and 2016.

NEWS

Pierre Vermeulen is currently participating in the Stellenbosch University’s Centenary Exhibition entitled Forward? Forward ! Forward … This exhibition is a future-oriented centenary exhibition of 100 artworks depicting the future of Stellenbosch University and higher education in Africa. Forward? Forward! Forward… will be held at the University Museum opening on 5 December 2018 until 30 April 2019.

Vermeulen also recently exhibited with SMAC Gallery at the 2019 Investec Cape town Art Fair in Cape Town, South Africa.